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Aug. 15, 2011
All Agency Inservice
1 p.m. Networking
2-4 p.m. Presentations

Concert Hall at College Community


Aug. 17, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting


In this issue:

All Agency Inservice, Aug. 15
Media Center announces FollettShelf ebooks
Protocol Policy
Card Shower for Jane Yock
Invitation to Fall 2011 Form E Content Webinars
New Online Staff Photo Directory Planned
Lake McBride State Park Competing for Nation's Top Park
Food Service at Sixth Street Office
GWAEA Team - Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer
Our Sympathy
Professional Development for AEA staff members only
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Aug. 12, 2011


Past Issues

July 29, 2011

July 15, 2011

July 1, 2011

June 17, 2011

June 3, 2011

May 27, 2011

May 20, 2011

May 13, 2011

May 6, 2011

April 29, 2011

April 22, 2011

April 15, 2011

All Agency Inservice on Monday, Aug. 15


The following is the schedule for Monday:
All agency facilities will open at their usual times on Monday morning.


Staff who have region meetings should plan to attend those meetings at whatever location your RA has announced.


At 1 p.m. the three agency facilities should close to give staff time to go to the All Agency Inservice at Prairie High School.


The lobby of the performing arts center at Prairie High School will be open from 1 p.m. on, giving staff time to reconnect with each other and to visit the various tables in the lobby. We’ll have tables for:

·        Staff badges and gifts from the IEC

·        Linn Area Credit Union – information and a gift

·        Sam’s Club – membership information and a gift

·        Grant Wood Education Association – check in packets for members and flyers and information for interested staff

·        Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer signup

The All Agency event will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Our featured guest speaker will be Jason Glass from the Iowa Department of Education.


Please note: If the event ends before normal closing time for staff, we do not expect staff to return to agency facilities to conclude the day.

Media Center announces FollettShelf ebooks

The FollettShelf is a virtual bookshelf that provides an online environment for students and teachers to search for eBooks from the Grant Wood AEA Media Center.

eBooks are exact copies of the physical books and have the advantage of being available 24/7. Grant Wood AEA staff who wish to access FollettShelf will use the online resources username and password provided to them recently by the communication office. 


For questions or more information contact Charlotte Haddy in the Media Center at Grant Wood AEA, 319-399-6750, 800-332-8488, ext. 6750, or

Protocol Policy         

We realize the need for staff to have access to protocols to support their work, support our mission, and to help our clients.  We hope staff realize the importance of using only what is necessary to keep cost at a minimum as we work together to provide quality and efficient services.  We will make every effort to have protocols available for your use in a timely manner.      


Click to access a copy of the updated Protocol Policy.

Thank you,


 Dawn, Elizabeth, Judy, Karen

Card Shower for Jane Yock

Former GWAEA employee Jane Yock is currently recovering at the University of Iowa hospitals from brain surgery. Last week, doctors discovered a tumor and immediately scheduled her for surgery. Some of our staff have decided to do a get well card shower for Jane. If you’d like to get a card to her, we’ll have a drop-off box at the All Agency Inservice on Monday or you may drop them off to Kim Martin at her desk.

Invitation to Fall 2011 Form E Content Webinars

To Iowa Educators –
During the 2011-2012 academic year, new forms of the Iowa Assessments will replace the current ITBS and ITED forms.   With new forms comes a need to share information about content and alignment.   As part of our ongoing process of introducing the new forms, Iowa Testing Programs would like to invite you to a series of informational webinars in early Fall for a more in-depth review of the content coverage of the new Forms—their development under and alignment to the Iowa Core, and what has changed and what remains the same.  The sessions will be appropriate for curriculum supervisors, department heads, and classroom teachers; though you are free to invite any interested colleagues.
The webinars will focus on different grade spans:   K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-11.  The webinars will be held early in the day (7:15 – 8:00 a.m.) and repeated each afternoon (3:15 – 4:00 p.m.).  For grade spans higher than K-2, separate webinars will be held for different content areas (Reading, Mathematics, English Language Arts {ELA}, Science, and Social Studies).  There is no cost to attendees, and you are welcome to attend as many sessions are you find useful.  You may register here:

Upon registration, you will receive a confirming e-mail.  Approximately one week prior to your session(s), you will receive a follow-up e-mail with instructions on how to access the webinar.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact David Henkhaus at 319-384-2714, or
We look forward to sharing with you this chapter in Iowa education.
Catherine Welch
Iowa Testing Programs

New Online Staff Photo Directory Planned

A new online staff directory is planned with the launch of the new agency website that will incorporate staff ID badge photos. Staff can decline having their photo included as part of the directory by contacting George Held, ext. 6714 or

Lake Macbride State Park Competing for Nation’s Top Park


The Department of Natural Resources announced that Lake Macbride State Park is in the middle of a nationwide contest for the title of America’s Favorite Park. The 2,185 acre park west of Solon earlier collared a $10,000 grant from Coca Cola, when named a contender for the 2011 title in Coke’s America Is Your Park program.

Now, Lake Macbride is shooting for the $100,000 top award. Online voting through Labor Day weekend will determine the grand prize, to be used for improvements to fitness and activity features. Park officials note it is a good example of partnering with private business, at a time when every dollar counts.

Log on to then click on the ‘vote for your park’ box. Type in Lake Macbride State Park in the search window or Solon in the ‘city’ window. Either brings up the voting site. You can also vote with your camera or cell phone. Any photo from Lake Macbride counts five votes. You can also check in via Facebook Places or (starting August 10) upload videos of activity in the park, for another five votes each time.


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Food Service Available for Sixth Street Office

Beginning Monday, July 18, Woolf’s Lunch Box will have a food service truck stop by the Sixth Street Office to sell hot and cold sandwiches, muffins, cookies, desserts, milk, fruit, etc. The truck will arrive at about 11:40 a.m. and will stay for ten minutes. There is no cost to the agency for this service, and we have no contract with them. It’s strictly an entrepreneurial business. The driver of the truck is named Teri. She can accept cash or checks, but  no credit cards. Prices for sandwiches range from $3 to $4.50; and the company often has specials for the day that include a beverage. The business is headquartered in Marion.


For a limited time, coupons to the Lunch Box are available at the front desk. The coupons give individuals a $1 discount on purchases of $5 or more with Woolf’s Lunch Box .

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

You are invited to register for the Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer as part of the GWAEA team. Registration will be available at the Fall All Agency Inservice from
1-2 p.m.

Who:   Women, Men and Children are welcome
What:  Women’s and Men’s 5K Run
             Women’s and Men’s 5K Walk
            1-Mile Family Fun Walk
When: Sunday, October 2, 2011
            Opening ceremonies at 7:45 a.m.
            Race begins at 8:00 a.m.
Where:  Start at Mercy Medical Center on 8th Street SE
For safety reasons, dogs, bicycles, roller skates and in-line skates are prohibited from the course.  Baby strollers, joggers and wagons are permitted.
How to Register with the GWAEA Team:


Fill out a registration form and return with your payment to one of the GWAEA Team Reps no later than Monday, August 29, 2011
A registration form is attached or you may pick up a copy from one of the GWAEA Team Reps
GWAEA Team Representatives
Kim Martin, ext. 6710
Stacy Murphy, ext. 6888
Karen Desmarais, Voice Mail 6656
Elizabeth Steffensmeier, ext. 6210
Will my shirt have a GWAEA logo on the back?
This is an option available to us if we have 15 people who would like a logo on the shirt.
You do not have to add the logo!
May I register friends and family members?
Yes, any is welcome to register as part of our team.
What is the race registration deadline?
The deadline to register as part of the GWAEA team is Monday, August 29.  However, race registrations are accepted even the day of the race.  
What is the run/walk entry fee?
$20 Youth (15 & under); $25 (16 and over)
What is the color of the shirt this year?
The shirts are a dark purple.
When and how will I pick up the t-shirt and goodie bag?
A GWAEA team rep will pick up all of the t-shirts and goodie bags on Thursday, September 29, 2011 and bring them to the GWAEA Sixth Street facility.  

Our Sympathy

Our sympathy goes to Patty Soldner, occupational therapist, whose father, Raymond Lerud, passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 1.  He was 87 and lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Condolences may be sent to Patty at 2545 Clark Avenue, Marion 52302.


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Professional Development for AEA staff members only


Formative Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning



Upcoming Sessions:
Whole Group Session:  8.22.11 (6 hours)
Ongoing CLT Meetings: 90 minutes per meeting
(at least two sessions between August and January whole group sessions)
 Whole Group Session 1.18.12  (6 hours)
(at least two CLT sessions between January and June whole group sessions)
Whole Group Session 6.7.12    (6 hours)


If AEA staff members are interested in participating, but can’t attend all the sessions, please contact Myra Hall, ext. 6820, or AEA 10 Iowa Core Teacher Qualty monies available to compensate off-contract time.

Iowa Core Content and Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning

AEA Staff Members...You can sign up now!  Registration is open on the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development site.

Number: 4506-11-01

Professional learning for AEA 10 staff members: special and general educators as well as administrators who work with learners (students and teachers) across the Pk-12 range.


Time and Dates:
August 18, 2011  (6 hours) 8:30 – 3:30

 CLT Work: (90 minute sessions)

    September 15, 2011

    November 15, 2011

(Exact time, date, location for CLT sessions TBD by teams)

January 16, 2012  ( 6 hours) 8:30 – 3:30

CLT Work: (90 minute sessions)

    February 15, 2012

    April 16, 2012

(Exact time, date, location for CLT sessions TBD by teams)


June 11, 2012 (6 hours) 8:3 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Iowa Core Outcomes:  # 4 (Iowa Core Content), #5 (IPDM), #6 (Effective Instruction)

Effective instructional approaches to improve teaching and learning

Instruction focused on essential concepts and skills in the Iowa Core

Instructional Coaching content and skill development


Whole group content delivery and facilitated learning
Collaborative learning teams between whole group sessions

Course Description

This course will provide educators with an opportunity to learn about and to apply effective instructional practices as identified in the Iowa Core Characteristics of Effective Instruction. Participation in this course supports Iowa Core professional learning goals. 


Participants will:

use their learning to reflect on current instructional practices designed to improve teaching and learning for all

develop and engage in collaborative learning teams that will be used to plan for application in real settings with students

use lead learning teams to develop their skills to guide/provide professional learning with colleagues and staff members.  

work collaboratively to learn about core content, effective instruction, and instructional coaching.

reflect on practice and engage in collaborative learning conversations

have opportunities to engage in on-site and authentic practice of skills following the Iowa Professional Development Model. 

Instructional Coaching content learning and skill development are embedded in this learning. Instructional Coaching materials compiled and  developed by Jim Knight will support this course.  Partnership principles, learning structures, and coaching components will be addressed.  


Iowa Core TQ money will be used to compensate AEA staff members’ time beyond the contract day. License renewal credit is available.


If you have questions, please contact:
Susan Parker (, 399-6507) or Myra Hall (, 399-6820)


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Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator, Ext. 6517.


Grant Wood AEA Webinars

The webinars have concluded for this year. Visit the link above for archived Grant Wood AEA and Assistive Technology webinars.

Buy, Sell and Trade

For Sale: 2 College Dorm Lofts:  Space Saver & easy to assemble!  Constructed with 2x6 lumber, carriage bolts and drywall screws.  80”L x 43”W x 78”H.  $75.00 ea.  319-929-0788.


Free to a good home:  Approximately 8 week old kitten.  Gray tabby, playful, litter-trained.  She was blown into our garage during the Vinton storm.  Call Melody at 319-472-2250.


Lost and Found:

- A SPORTLINE Pedometer, blue and gray.

- A car key found in the ladies room upstairs. It is an automatic type that will lock/unlock and open three separate entrances along with a panic button.

- A telephone charger power cord that was left at an upstairs work station.


- Red Coleman cooler holding a water type bottle and a 1- quart container. Found in Linn Room late May.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Aug. 12, 2011


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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